Western burger by the Texas Beef Council

Updated: Jun. 10, 2016 at 10:15 PM CDT
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(KLTV/KTRE) - Let's put a nutritious spin on every Texan's favorite summertime staple by using 93% lean ground beef, mixing in some Texas flavors like jalapeno, cilantro and onion, and substituting crunchy, fresh lettuce for the bun. Shalene McNeil says these burgers weigh in at only 254 calories each!

Western Burger

Total Recipe Time: 20-25 minutes Makes 4 servings


1 pound Ground Beef (93% lean or leaner)

1 jalapeño pepper, seeded, chopped

2 teaspoons chopped onion

2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh cilantro

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

4 romaine or iceberg lettuce leaves

1 tomato, sliced

1 avocado, sliced

1 onion, thinly sliced


Combine Ground Beef, jalapeño pepper, onion, cilantro, salt and black pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Lightly shape into four 1/2-inch thick patties.

Place patties on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, 8 to 10 minutes (on preheated gas grill, cook over medium heat, covered, 7 to 9 minutes) until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160 degrees F, turning occasionally.

Place each burger on a lettuce leaf. Evenly top with tomato, avocado and onion slices. Wrap lettuce leaves around burgers.

Nutrition information per serving: 254 calories; 15 g fat (4 g saturated fat; 8 g monounsaturated fat); 75mg cholesterol; 137 mg sodium; 8 g carbohydrate; 4.8 g fiber; 24 g protein; 6.1 mg niacin; 0.6 mg vitamin B6; 2.1 mcg vitamin B12; 3.1 mg iron; 18.7 mcg selenium; 5.9 mg zinc; 85.7 mg choline.

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